People who have something positive to say rarely call to tell you. You learn to accept that in the radio business.
This, however, was one of those exceptions. And what the woman on the other end of the line told me was startling.
She went on to explain that their relationship had been strained, they didn't have much to say to one another, and that they had turned on the radio to fill the silence of the car. Little by little, they began to comment to each other about what they heard on my program. Several weeks later, their relationship was stronger than it had been in a long, long time.
She said, "I just wanted to thank you for helping restore my relationship with my daughter."
When you talk on the radio you imagine a typical listener and wonder if they're getting something out of what you're saying. Well, I had never expected a call like that.
Bottom line: It's not just about the money. Our jobs may impact people in ways we could never imagine.
So, make sure it's a positive impact.